A week or so ago, word spread that the Hillary Clinton campaign was denied a request for some sort of booster behind her podium at the first debate that would make her, standing at 5-foot-4, appear equal in height to Donald Trump, who stands 6-foot-3.
If you can’t raise the bridge, then lower the river. As Twitchy reported, ABC News’ Rita Cosby got a close look at the stage setup at Hofstra Monday morning and reported that Donald Trump’s lectern is taller, which of course is another way to make both candidates appear the same height.
Does it matter? Vox on Monday offered a voxsplanation of height privilege, but that’s not the best part: included in the piece is an interactive tool that allows you to enter your stats and see how you stack up against not only Clinton and Trump, but also George Washington and Millard Fillmore.
— Vox (@voxdotcom) September 26, 2016
That was kind of the very last question on our minds as the debate approaches.
— HMChi (@HSMChicago) September 26, 2016
— Algernon D'Ammassa (@AlgernonActor) September 26, 2016
Yes, it’s real. Here’s the tool in action.
— Sarah Kliff (@sarahkliff) September 26, 2016
Presidential, for sure.
@voxdotcom my hands are bigger than trumps!
— Jesus Christopher (@J_Moist) September 26, 2016
@voxdotcom this makes me want to unfollow
— rick waldron (@rwaldron) September 26, 2016
@voxdotcom the tweet that proved we have reached peak data
— Mateusz Tomkowiak (@itomkowiak) September 26, 2016
It would be nice if readers could enter their weight as well to compare against former presidents; apparently body-shaming is OK as long as Hillary Clinton is left out of it.
And as long as we’re compiling a wish list of features for the next update to the Vox height checker, how about this?
— Mike Honcho (@dawg8u) September 26, 2016